Fall into a QAL: Block 10 Patchwork Pickles

Welcome to Block 10 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design.

If you'd like to quilt along with us, click here to learn more.

The tenth block in our quilt along was designed by Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs and it’s canning jars filled with carrots and pears!

I’ve never done much canning, I must admit. I do however have wonderful memories of helping my mother make strawberry preserves, after a beautiful day spent picking them fresh at a local you-pick-it farm.

We had a small vegetable garden when Kate was little, and it was then that I learned the process of freezing vegetables and storing them in freezer bags. That’s as far as my “canning experience” has ever gone. I guess I’m just not a canner.

Here's my version of the block.

This block uses flip corners, raw-edge fusible applique, and embroidery to create the canning jars. If you’ve never used these techniques before--no worries! As a quilt along host, I’m here to help.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

I had several goals for this block. As usual, I wanted to make sure that the background I chose for this block complimented the other background fabrics I've already used in my quilt. Since last time I used a dark background, it was time for a block with a light background.

Here’s my initial fabric pull.

Second, I had this carrot fabric that I wanted to use as the background for the large jar. I couldn’t find any pear fabric but I did find a lovely rose fabric with the right coloring that I thought would be perfect for simulating pears.

And I found an awesome gray fabric for the jar lids! And since my background fabric also contained gray, I decided to use a light gray for the canning jar label, and a dark gray thread for the embroidery.

After pulling fabric for my block, I laid it out as it would be used to see how the final block would look.

Finally, I checked my fabric selection with the blocks I've already made to ensure everything is going to go together..

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • Flip corners are easy if you keep a few things in mind. First, take the time to carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of all of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and a sandboard.

  • Instead of sewing right on the line you've drawn, sew just a bit to the right of it (closer to the corner) as you see here. Sewing the seam just a bit short of center makes a bit more room for the fold, so when you press the flip square back towards the corner it will fit perfectly.

  • With flip corners, you typically trim the seam allowance after pressing the corner back.There are two schools of thought with this. If you don't trim, then you always have the bottom fabric (which is cut to size) to help you construct the block properly. If you do trim the seam allowance, you will have a lot less bulk in the seams. I make sure first that the flipped fabric covers the corner completely, then I trim the seam allowances.

  • After I pieced the background, I trimmed it to 12-1/2” to be sure it was square. Then I was ready for the applique.

  • With the applique, first print out the templates. Use the 1” square to ensure they are the correct size. Print at 100% and DO NOT scale the pattern to fit.

As you know, I use the Crafted Applique method for my fusible applique. This method fuses the edges of your applique shapes so they won't fray. It also replaces fusible, so the steps I follow are a bit different than you would use with raw-edge fusible applique.

  • I love my mini clips and use them for everything! Because I’m not using fusible with the Crafted Applique method, I cut the fabric out using the paper templates (rather than tracing the templates onto the back of my fusible.) To cut out my applique shapes, I just clip the template to the fabric and start cutting. I move the clips out of the way as needed, but the clips give me an extra set of fingers.

  • Typically, I like to assemble my applique shape on a pressing sheet, then move it to the block as a whole unit. I didn’t do that for this block however, since it made more sense to fuse each piece separately. That way I could stitch around the edge of each piece without interruption. After stitching, I fused the next piece in place and then edge-stitched it down.

Here are the threads I used on my block: Aurifil 50 wt #2150 (Pumpkin), #5015 (Gold Yellow), #2132 (Tarnished Gold); Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt #703 (Tangerine); Sulky 40 wt #1168 (True Orange), Gutermann 50 wt #8780 (Olive Drab); Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt #KT402 (Drab Orange); and Sulky Cotton & Steel 50 wt #753 1328 (Nickel Grey).

Finally, I needed to make the label. I went with a light gray for the fabric since there were a lot of gray elements in my block. I did not cut the label shape, but instead cut a rectangle. Then I marked the words, and fused a lightweight interfacing to the back to stabilize it.

I decided to use a Stem Stitch for my embroidery, and six strands because I really wanted the writing to stand out. I’ve made a tutorial to help you out if you’d like to use the Stem Stitch too.

After stitching, I trimmed the rectangle to 1-1/2” wide, then used the 45-degree line on my ruler to cut the pointed end.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my ten quilt blocks. I'm really happy with how this is coming along.

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Sandra's blog to download your free Patchwork Pickles block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your own version. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Patchwork Pickles block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, December 1st at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—a $25 gift certificate from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and a free PDF pattern of your choice from Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs.

Please help us support our QAL sponsors. Please visit Fort Worth Fabric Studio and sign up for their newsletter. You’ll get updates on new items, sales, and promotions.

On Tuesday, October 2nd be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along!

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

A Special thank-you to our sponsors

The Final Grand prize package for our quilt along will be announced October 16th. 

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My New Pattern for Timeless Treasures!

I'm very happy to announce my new pattern for Timeless Treasures! Cobbles is designed for the Little Star fabric collection by Timeless Treasures, which is in stores now.

Take Flight finishes at 42-1/2" x 51" and it would make a perfect baby quilt. Aren't those fabrics sweet? I just love that little bunny and its mom.

The pattern is a free download that you'll find here. I guarantee that this one is quick!

Thank goodness it’s quick, because I made Cobbles in short order for display in the Timeless Treasures booth at Spring Market 2018. Here it is in their booth, on the left. Isn’t that display adorable? I wish I could have gone to Seattle to see it, but this photo is the next best thing.

Here’s their entire booth, left and right. You can see Cobbles there on the far right.

For quilting, I quilted in the ditch along the borders that frame the fussy cuts from the panel. In the alternating squares, I quilted a moon and stars. What else?

For the outer border, I stitched in the ditch around each of the little bunnies, with an occasional loop de loop in-between.

If you make Cobbles or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 84

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! I hope you’ll share photos of your quilty projects with us! In return you'll get the encouragement you need to stop waiting and to finish your quilt projects.

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Happy news! I’ve finally gotten started on my Happy Go Lucky quilt! This weekend I got my fabric cut for the first two weeks worth of blocks!

For Week 1, I’m to make Greek Cross blocks in various sizes—three 6”, one 12”, and one 18”.

For Week 2, I’m to make Shoofly blocks in two sizes—three 6” and one 9”. I’m labeling everything so I can stay organized. Now that I’ve got some fabric cut, I’m hoping to make real progress on this one. This is for charity (and for longarm practice!) so I’m anxious to get it underway.

I also got the fabrics cut for one of my bee blocks—the one for Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch so hopefully that will get done soon too.

While I was on a cutting spree, I cut out the fabrics for this month’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge, which is star quilts. These fabrics are from the Paisley Dot collection, and that’s a white batik believe it or not!

Well, that was my week! Before we find out what you did this week, let’s take a look at who made this week’s feature.

Let's see who made this week's feature

We had a lot of wonderful linkups last week and I want to feature a few of the best. First up is Jen @ De Jong Dream House, who linked up some great quilts made for teachers and the schools where her son has attended. I’m featuring Jen so you’ll be inspired to link up school related quilts for our special link up next week! More on that later.

Be sure to visit Jen and get inspired!

Next up is Brenda @ Songbird Designs, who linked up some mini-quilts she made for a special exchange. Brenda is new to Wednesday Wait Loss, so drop by her blog and welcome her! I’ll let her tell you all about the quilts and the other exciting things she has going on.

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Finally this week is Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting, who shared these adorables she calls”bowl fillers.” You simply have to jump over and see each one in detail!

Congratulations Jen, Brenda, and Wendy! Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs.

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Our Next Special Link Up is Coming!

Our next special link up is September 19th, and we're celebrating Back to School quilts. "Back to School" can meaning anything as long as you can link your quilt to the theme with a good story! Me, I'm thinking apples, books, numbers, letters, graduation quilts, chalk boards, and so on.

Be sure to jump over to Jen’s blog to see her school quilts and get inspired. Be sure to gather your quilt and your stories of school experiences for our special September link up!

Time to link up your works in progress and recent quilty finishes!

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.

  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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My September Goals

It's time to establish my goals for September. I haven't been doing too well on my goals lately, but at least I have them I guess. I'm going to try to get more goals done this month. Wish me luck!

Here are my goals for September:

  • Make the June block for Bee Inspired. Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch was the June queen and she said we could make her any block. I think it's that freedom that's been holding me up. Once I make a plan, things seem to go faster. Anyway, I've decided to make her one of my block designs, using the color palette she's chosen.
  • Make the July block for Bee Inspired. Susan @ Seven Oak Street Quilts was the July Queen and she wants a mushroom block in these colors. I don't have a lot of modern fabrics like the ones shown, but I'm sure I can come up with something.
  • Make the September block for Bee Inspired. We have two queens for September, so you can see why I must make my bee blocks a priority. Irene @ Patchwork and Pastry is one of the queens, and she'd like a skinny log cabin block in white and red.
  • Make the second September block for Bee Inspired. Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting is the other September Queen for Bee Inspired and she'd like a block that combines her two favorite blocks--a house block and a star block. She wants house blocks that are all in one color, like these. Aren't they cute?
  • Quilt samples for an upcoming workshop. My sewing machine is back from the shop so quilting my Peppermint Twist and Water Vortex samples is back on my to-do list.

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  • Make a quilt for the Island Batik challenge for September. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors for September is to make a quilt with stars in it. I'm looking forward to this one! I've got a design and a fabric collection for my quilt--Paisley Dot!
  • Write up a few new patterns for quilts I've designed. I'm going to be featured at Always in Stitches in October (the shop where I work) and there are a few quilts I'd like to have in the trunk show so I'm writing up patterns for them. This will be so cool!
  • Cut fabrics for my Happy Go Lucky quilt. Sherry @ Yellow Cat Quilts is hosting the Happy Go Lucky sew along, so I need to get the fabrics cut and make a few blocks this month.
  • Make the two September blocks for the Fall into a Quilt Along One of these is already done because it was released on September 4th--a Postage Stamp Turkey. Click here to learn where you can get the pattern. Then come back on September 18th to get the next block. I wonder what it will be...<grin>

    I've got to do better on my September goals so give me some encouragement if you can. I'm going to be away a bit in October to celebrate my anniversary so I need to knock off a big chunk of my to-do list.

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